Language of Description is a presentation and series of screenings that presents a small cross section from both Adrian Duncan's and Anita Di Bianco's respective practices. It will start with a talk and screening by Anita and Adrian and a series of new works (including the publication Scriptings#44) will be exhibited by Adrian Duncan at this event.
"I walked back off the ground floor, out of the entrance and stood for a moment on the rear footpath, looking at the reflection of light on the windows of the buildings across the road. The site hoarding had been taken down earlier in the week. It was as if a pedestal that had held the building site aloft had been removed and this temporary monument, the building site that we had been working on for the last six months had disappeared with this plinth, and the secrets of its brief life were also then somehow laid bare."
– from "Baustellenbeschreibung," Scriptings #44
Adrian's work here focuses on the aesthetic of the building site using sculpture, photography, writing, publishing and sound. Some material and visual tropes of the building site will be excavated in his presentation which centres on the SCRIPTINGS #44 publication "Baustellenbeschreibung," a fictional account of an engineer working on building site in central Berlin. The relationship between tools, descriptive fictional space and photographic space will be his terrain of interest.
Anita's films often take the form of recitations and dialogues occurring in disappearing or uncertain locations, frequently referring to fleeting or shadowy visions, re-appearances, and human iterations of repetitive events and literary characters, occurring in the realm of theatrical construction and patient observation. She will screen The Displaced Person from 2012, a film made in collaboration with Discoteca Flaming Star - with German, English, and Spanish spoken, and no subtitles as well as a segment of her film Com Viet from 2008-9, French spoken with German or English subtitles.
Adrian Duncan is an artist and writer based in Ireland and Berlin. His visual art work is primarily installation based, most often using video and sculpture. His process of making and the aesthetic of his works derives from an interest in building, language, and the processes of construction, amateur and professional. His writing (fiction and non-fiction) has been published in Frieze (d/e), the Times Literary Supplement (UK), Art & the Public Sphere (UK), the Dublin Review, the Irish Times, The Modernist (UK), Sculpture (US), among others. He is coeditor of Paper Visual Art Journal (IRL). During 2015/16 he worked with award-winning filmmaker/cinematographer Feargal Ward on a short work "Bungalow Bliss" for television (TG4) which also screened at the Irish Film Institute in March of this year. From 1995 he studied and worked as a structural engineer for over a decade in U.K. and Ireland.
Anita Di Bianco's works in film and print have been shown at PS1, Kunstwerke, the Kunsthaus Zürich, the Kunstverein Braunschweig, the Rotterdam Film Festival, Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers, K21 in Düsseldorf, the Kunstverein Salzburg, the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, the Glasgow International, and at Galerie Elisabeth Kaufmann, among others. She received her Master of Fine Arts from Rutgers University in 1997 and was awarded a research stipend at the Rijksakademie by the Dutch Ministry of Culture in Amsterdam in 2000–2001.
Further information, texts, and films at www.anitadi.net
This project has been kindly supported by the Arts Council of Ireland.